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Richard M. Glick

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Rick Glick focuses on environmental, water, and energy law, representing businesses and local governments in a wide range of environmental matters. He counsels clients on regulatory compliance, permitting for major infrastructure projects, water rights, water quality permitting and certifications, wetlands, endangered species, and environmental impact review; assists in assessing and managing environmental risk associated with business or real estate transactions; and represents clients before the state and federal agencies in Superfund, environmental cleanup, permitting and enforcement actions.

Rick is former staff counsel to the California State Water Resources Control Board, and a former deputy city attorney for the City of Portland.

Representative Experience

Environmental and water rights due diligence for multiple sellers, purchasers, and lenders

Representing multiple sellers, purchasers, and lenders in sale and purchase of commercial, industrial, energy, food and wine processing, and agricultural businesses and properties. (Ongoing)

Federal Superfund for Mitsubishi Corp. and Mitsubishi International Corp.

Representing client in the potentially responsible party group for the Portland Harbor Superfund site. (Ongoing) Read more

Hydroelectric power project for Idaho Power Company

Representing power company in two-state water quality certification proceedings, under § 401 of the Clean Water Act, associated with relicensing of the 1,200 MW Hells Canyon Complex on the Snake River. (Ongoing) Read more

LNG terminal and pipeline for Oregon LNG

Representing a liquefied natural gas development company in state environmental siting processes and related real estate matters for a major LNG terminal on the Skipanon Peninsula at the mouth of the Columbia River and related pipeline. (Ongoing) Read more

State permitting

Oregon LNG proposes to construct an LNG export and import terminal at the Port of Astoria, and related pipelines. DWT serves as state regulatory and general counsel. (Ongoing)

State Superfund for major oil company

Representing a major oil company in the potentially responsible party group ordered by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to investigate and clean up area-wide petroleum contamination at the Port of Astoria, Ore. (Ongoing) Read more

Water rights planning, procurement, and legislative counsel for multiple cities in Oregon

Representing before the Oregon Water Resources Department of cities and municipal utilities in fast-growing communities in Central Oregon, Southern Oregon, and the Portland metro area related to obtaining, extending and protecting municipal water rights. Counsel to the Oregon Water Utilities Council and special water counsel to the League of Oregon Cities. (Ongoing) Read more

Water rights auditing for real estate investment firm and hotel chain

Performed a water rights audit for a real estate investment firm and hotel chain to confirm the validity and extent of water rights attached to four Oregon destination golf resorts. (2010)

Irrigation district and private company

Represented irrigation district and private company in Klamath River Water Rights Adjudication.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Co-chair, Environment and Economic Development Committee, Oregon Business Association
  • First President, American College of Environmental Lawyers
  • Invited Participant, Water Law Forum, Cambridge Institute
  • Program Planning Committee Member, Annual Water Law Conference, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, American Bar Association
  • Member, Ecosystem Services Markets Working Group (SB 513), Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board 
  • Past Chair, Environmental and Natural Resources Section, Oregon State Bar
  • Past Chair, Lex Mundi Environmental Practice Group
  • Past Chair, Water Quality Committee, Associated Oregon Industries
  • Past Chair, City of Portland Energy Commission

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in Environmental Law by Who’s Who Legal, 2016
  • Named one of the "Top Authors" in JD Supra Readers’ Choice Awards, 2016
  • Winner, 2015 Corporate LiveWire – Global Awards, Energy & Natural Resources, Portland
  • Named in Tier 1 as one of "America's Leading Business Lawyers" in Environmental Law (Oregon) by Chambers USA, 2005-2016; Received "Band 1" ranking, 2012-2016
  • Selected by Best Lawyers as Portland’s "Lawyer of the Year" Water Law in 2014  
  • Named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Environmental, Energy and Water Law by Best Lawyers, 2001-present
  • Selected to "Oregon Super Lawyers," Thomson Reuters, 2006-2016
  • Awarded "2013 Top Rated Lawyer" in Energy, Environmental, & Natural Resources by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected for the Client Choice Awards, International Law Office, 2013 
  • Named one of "Portland's Best Lawyers" in energy law and environmental law by Portland Monthly